Mardi Gras Raises Record $134,000 for At-Risk Youth
Compass Group Management Company, Fox Racing, Contributes Surprise Live Auction Item to Raise an Additional $5,000
TUSTIN, Calif., Sept. 18, 2012 – The 12th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County Mardi Gras Masquerade event was a great success, held Saturday, September 8th as 325 guests helped in raising an event record $134,000 for the at-risk, youth mentoring organization. Presented by Compass Group Management, the event is an exciting networking event featuring dueling pianos, casino gaming, silent auction and authentic Cajun cuisine provided by the acclaimed Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. Guests had the chance to win dozens of prizes including trips to New Orleans and Cabo San Lucas. Capping off the success of the evening was the premiere of a new BBBSOC video showing the moving stories of three of our Littles, giving guests a greater sense of how mentoring can change the life of a child in need.
A surprise live auction added to the excitement as John Marking, Vice President of Fox Racing Truck and Offroad Division, motivated by the spirit of the night, offered a coveted desert ride session in their 700 HP long travel off road truck, giving a last minute $5,000 boost to the organization. “I’m just happy I could find a way to support this great cause” remarked John. In addition to Compass and Fox, other main sponsors included Advanced Circuits, Paul Hastings and Wells Fargo.
Proceeds from this event will help us provide professional support to the over 2,000 children that we are currently serving, and will provide mentors to those who are currently waiting for a Big Brother or Sister. “I’m ecstatic about the success of this year’s event. Because of the outpouring of support we will help more children in our local community excel and succeed in life. There is nothing more important than changing the life of a child, we are very grateful for the tremendous support,” says Keith Rhodes, BBBSOC CEO, of the event. The success of Mardi Gras gives BBBSOC great momentum going into the Gourmet Dinner Gala held November, 1st at Balboa Bay Club. The black-tie event has come to be known as the premiere networking event in Orange County, including scotch tasting, silent and live auctions, raffles and much more, to an estimated 500 of Orange County’s leading business and community leaders.